Power cuts are now official

The government has dropped its mask on the power cuts and are saying they are now official.

The stoppages in power supply that were going on for the past few weeks without official confirmation have been confirmed with an announcement from the Electricity Board.

The CEB announced that power supply will be interrupted between 08:30 am to 11:30 am or 11:30 am to 02:30 pm or 02:30 pm to 05:30 pm.

In addition, in the evening the power supply will be interrupted from 06:30 pm to 07:30 pm or 07:30 pm to 08:30 pm or 08:30 pm to 09:30 pm.

According to the CEB, these power-cuts will take place at over 50 grid sub-stations which are set up across the country.

A spokesperson for the CEB said the average electricity requirement in the afternoon is around 2350 Mega Watts, however, at present, they can only supply 1950 Mega Watts.

The TV Channel News1st reported that the Secretary to the Ministry of Power and Energy Suren Batagoda said the Ministry had not granted permission to the CEB for power-cuts.

He said leading industrialists have been advised to switch to their private generators when the electricity requirement is high.

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